Hope for Today: A Daily Devotion from Reasons for Hope*Jesus

Hope for Today - Daily Devotion

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“My beloved is mine, and I am his.” Song of Solomon 2:16

“I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving-kindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the LORD.” Hosea 2:19-20

By faith in the blood of Christ we are accepted and closely united to Him as our Bridegroom. By that, we daily eat His flesh, drink His blood, and are sprinkled all over. And need there is of a daily sprinkling, that our persons and services may be accepted and that our sinful souls may be washed and renewed in the all-purifying fountain; since the best of our works, our prayers and praises, our duties and graces, are all unclean until washed in the blood of Jesus. (See Hebrews 9:19 — 21.) But if sprinkled with His blood, we shall desire to be united to His person and to call Him our beloved. Nor will union to Jesus satisfy us, for we shall want close and intimate communion with Him. O the blessedness of being betrothed to Jesus now, for then we shall be openly acknowledged and be publicly married to Him when He comes in His own glory, and all the holy angels with Him!

Object of my first desire,
Jesus, crucified for me!
All to happiness aspire,
Only to be found in Thee;

You to praise, and You to know,
Constitute our bliss below;
You to see, and You to love,
Constitute our bliss above.

Lord, it is not life to live,
If Your presence You deny;
Lord, if You, Your presence give,
‘Tis no longer death to die!

Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (16901774)

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Do not be anxious about anything.  (Phil 4:6)

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control.  Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19.  As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.” 

Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it:  Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live:  Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.

God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble.  When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.  

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19

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